That word is truly scary to say the least. We all like to feel secure, safe and comfortable in our own environment of life, and then that day comes when a decision has to be made that may change your life. And then bring with it a whole new adventure.
I remember traveling to Georgia over 30 years ago, crossing the state line to a sign that read "Welcome to Georgia, The State of Adventure". Wow, what an adventure it has been, and the greatest part of it was giving up my old life for a new life in Christ. He too could have put out a similar sign that read "Welcome to God's Kingdom, Hold On For The Ride of your life". Every day His promises are new!
Next week I face a truly life altering decision, the one I have known was coming (this is not health or life threatening). So I have followed my customary new way to make decisions............pray first, ask the Lord for his direction, talk to wise folks who I call on at a time like this:
"Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed" Proverbs 15:22
Then talk to folks who have spiritual perspective ahead of worldly thinking:
"The lips of the wise spread knowledge, not so the hearts of fools" Proverbs 15:7
Then make sure I filter out my own ambition and empty it out to God's plan for me:
"The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly" Proverbs 15:14
Then you ask those who you know have constant contact to pray for you, and eventually God will reveal what decision you need to make.
Whether it is a tough one, a relatively easy one or one that needs instant attention, you will usually make the right choice if he and your board of directors all agree on your next move.
In fact, if we get in the habit of constant contact with the Holy Spirit, decisions need not be scary at all, they just fall into place. Please pray for me, as I know you will, this is a big one to decide on (and no, not getting married again either).
"Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her" Proverbs 8:10-11
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.